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Live At The BBC Live, Original recording remastered
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56 songs (plus 13 intros) recorded live by the Beatles in the BBC studios between 1962 and 1965, including 30 songs never released by the band! That means you hear the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time do everything from Lucille to Glad All Over for the first time! Compiled by George Martin.
The surviving members of the Fab Four spent much of the 1990s belatedly reuniting to document, promote, and occasionally awkwardly burnish their unparalleled pop music legacy. This double-disc anthology of live-in-the-studio performances originally recorded specifically for the BBC during the most frantic years of early Beatlemania was the first chapter in that effort and the first issuance of previously unreleased Beatles recordings since the late '70s. In many ways, it remains the most artistically revealing. Capturing them at their early '60s live-performance peak, these recordings pay homage to both the band's eclectic musical influences (including Chuck Berry, Phil Spector, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Larry Williams, the Coasters, and the Shirelles), and to the enthusiastic and generous sense of musical discovery and the pop proselytizing that accompanied them. A number of the Fabs' own '62-'65 singles and album tracks are also featured, but they mostly take a back seat to the generous collection of previously unreleased cover songs included here. The band's brisk, often irreverent sense of humor also comes to fore in the intros, interviews, and between-song banter. An indispensable part of any true Beatlemaniac's collection and a superb introduction to the roots of a musical legend. --Jerry McCulley
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I guess it's easy to overlook this CD. It came out before all the hype over the anthology, and had been cut out by that time. Also, for some reason, many regard the Beatles' early recordings (before Rubber Soul and Revolver) as dismissable.
Boy, are they missing out! Music does not have to impart a profound (or pretentious, depending on how you look at it) message in the lyrics to be profound. Just listen to Lennon's reading of Baby It's You on this collection and you'll know what I mean.
Maybe it's just a matter of perspective. Maybe younger fans just aren't looking for that niave rush that these guys generated with these songs. Maybe they need to feel that they are finding "the word". If so, they probably will find this album "kid stuff". But, believe me, it's not. In most cases, they lend more grace, excitement and musicainship to these songs than the original artists did, and in some cases that's no mean feat. Plus, they had impeccable taste in the songs they chose to cover. This CD is more than an historical document; much, much more. These are great songs, all given the Beatle touch, at a time when the Beatles were still hungry and at a performing peak. That would soon change.
But, this CD is relatively overlooked. I shouldn't be surprised, because Please, Please Me, With The Beatles and most disappointing, Hard Day's Night are also bringing up the rear in sales.Read more ›
Inveterate Beatle fans will love this collection; for folks just getting familiar with the Beatles or who prefer the more well known songs, e.g. "Can't Buy Me Love," "A Hard Day's Night" will certainly appreciate all the fine music these CDs have to offer.
Each Beatle is individual, unique and distinct and it is that individuality that shines through like a beacon during their performances and interviews. Their musical blends "Come Together" nicely; George demonstrates excellent, strong lead guitar playing on early rock and roll hits such as "Young Blood," "Lucille" and "Nothin' Shakin." Indeed, it is George Harrison's treatment of such early classics that add to the appeal of this collection; he demonstrated a real flair for rockabilly style.
Ringo maintained a steady beat and provided humorous insights into the Beatle banter of the day; John regaled his listening audience with his gift for natural expression and Paul remained, in a sense, the spokesman. Paul, also could hold his own during a light hearted exchange. However, it is McCartney who provided the most serious answers and insights into Beatle exchanges and issues related to the group. One could regard Paul as the Ambassador; he provides a strong voice of reason and background into the world's most successful band.
Timeless classics such as "Things We Said Today," "A Hard Day's Night" and "Can't Buy Me Love" are included in this collection.Read more ›
The recordings in the double album are mostly cover versions of r'n'r and r'n'b standards by the artists the Beatles liked - Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Larry Williams, Carl Perkins, and the rest. Here and there some of their early original hits (Love Me Do, Can't Buy Me Love, Ticket To Ride, and more).
The performances are strong and vigorous. John and Paul scream their lungs out, George's guitar imitates Chuck Berry quite well, and Ringo keeps the steady beat. They sound like they're trying to convince England that they're the best band in the world. They did manage to do that eventually.
All in all, not an album for everyone. People who look for all the famous songs from their later period - Let It Be, Hey Jude, Strawberry Fields Forever - will be disappointed. There is nothing psychedelic or experimental about these recordings - it's pure rock'n'roll.
If you're not (yet) a big Beatles fan, I recommend you'd start by buying one of their classic studio albums - Help!, Sgt. Pepper's or Abbey Road. However, if you already own most of the Beatles' material and you want to hear different Beatles - young, innocent and full of appreciation to the r'n'r legends of the '50s - this is an album for you.
One last note - due to the fact that these recordings were taken off radio sessions, the sound quality is so-so. Most of the songs sound good, but it's not what you're used to hear on studio albums.
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Absolute jewel!!! Wonderful classics the beatles sang on bbc. Very cute short interviews with the band in between the songs.Published 12 months ago by faun
Was there ever anyone who could come close to the Beatles? Not in my opinion, they revolutionized music as it was known continuing on where people like Little Richard, Jerry Lee... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Daniel
This is what the excitement was all about, the BOYS live at the BEEB. Keep on rockin'. Check out John's rendition of BABY IT'S YOU.Published on Dec 3 2013 by Ronald Syrie
I remember buying this when it came out in (94?), somewhere mid 90's, and it was incredible then. Sure some songs were not great quality, and there was some DJ talk over on some... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2013 by Bootsy Bass
Thank you Amazon!! This was sent so quickly, I pre-ordered it and got it on November 12th!!! Amazing service!! It will fill you joy and great memories! Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2013 by Barb from Montreal
first class music. the beatles at the beginning. low price. high quality shipping. recommanded for those who like beatles. fine choicePublished on Oct. 6 2013 by Paul-andre Chateauneuf
This is a great album that combines the flippant humor of the Beatles with R&B standards of their time and our's. Songs like "Johnny B. Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by terrible_towling
I was listening to my copy of 'Live at the BBC' today and I realized something: I prefer it to not only the Anthology collection, but also the '1' collection and a few of the... Read morePublished on April 11 2004
In their early days, the Beatles recorded many songs and interviews that were broadcast on British radio. For many years these songs were lost...
...Until now. Read more
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